14 Drive - Rackmount Microserver

Discussion in 'Storage & Backup' started by Stanza, Apr 21, 2013.

  1. Stanza

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    Thought I would post some pics of my slight Microserver mod I did ages ago.

    Going to pull this apart and sell the case.... (have a new home for the Microserver parts now... and heading in a different direction.

    So before I pull it apart, I will put this here for memories and it might help others max their Microservers up a little.

    Case is an old Apex (Supermicro SC825S2-R700LPB)
    http://www.supermicro.com/products/chassis/2U/825/SC825S2-R700LP.cfm

    Which was an 8 Bay Hotswap Ultra SCSI arrangement

    With dual hotswap redundant PSU's
    And tripple hotswap midplane fans for good measure.

    After much looking I figured I might be in luck, and be able to perform a Backplane swap.

    So purchased what I thought might work from ebay, And swapped out the SCSI backplane for a Supermicro BPN-SAS-825TQ 8 Bay SAS one.

    Perfect fit.

    Then a pair of SFF-8087 to SAS Breakout cables (With Sidebands) to drive all the blinky lights properly)

    Then decided the Supermicro X7DB8 motherboard
    http://www.supermicro.com/products/motherboard/xeon1333/5000p/x7db8.cfm

    Which was way overkill, and dragged wayyyy to much power for my likings:tongue:

    So after some looking I reconed the microserver board might be a nice transplant

    Bit of standoff removal, and some removing of the Socket 771 heatsink mounting plates.

    And it lined up nicely..... I even left the motherboard tray under the microserver motherboard.

    PCI-e slots lined up in the right place.
    Plonked the microserver rear fan atop the AMD heatsink (As the Microserver wont boot without the fan attached, and I needed some airflow over the heatsink anyways)

    But of a zip tie here and there for the power switch and the USB ports, and it's been running like this since August 2012.

    Added a Dell H200 SAS Card and an Intel CT Gigabit card

    Which gave me
    8 x 450gig 3.5inch 10K IBM SAS drives (hot swapable)
    2 x 2tb 3.5inch
    2 x 120gig 2.5inch (Mirrored Boot OS Drives)
    2 x 50gig ssd's (ZIL and ARC)
    Dual Gigabit interfaces
    all running under Solaris

    Nice setup

    Should have spent more time on it, and front mounted the USB ports... Wired up the Supermicro Power switch and health lights etc. And made the fans quieter...

    But meh it was functional and that was all I needed at the time.

    Downside was, it was still lowprofile on the PCI-e slots, and there was still a bucket load of space inside to fit more drives.......with an expander etc.

    So before I pull it apart, here are some photo's..

    Any questions just ask

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    Top Bays 9 and 10
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  2. Mudg3

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    Looks good stanza, I wish I could get my hands on cases like that. would love to rack mount my storage.
     
  3. Annihilator69

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  4. Quoccus

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    anyone have any other cheappie 1ru / 2ru to mount the hp micro?

    i was looking to do something similar but dont want a noisy server box
     
  5. mjunek

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    That's some seriously good hardware to be running for over a thousand years and still performing well! Must have been expensive getting that silicon in 1012 :)
     
  6. terrastrife

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    You don't want 1RU/2RU if you want quiet...
     
  7. Sniper

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    Good pick up :D
     
  8. Turorit

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    Nice work, Stanza. Good to see work's old hardware doing being used for something interesting! :leet:
     

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